LGBTQ Nation
December 26, 2012

A former Miss Pennsylvania USA, who gave up her state crown shortly after the Miss Universe organization announced its decision to allow transgender participants, has been ordered pay the pageant organization $5 million for defamation. Sheena Monnin, who quit the pageant in June, told national media that the pageant was "rigged," and that she saw the list of the Top 5 on the morning of the pageant, "before the show ever started." But pageant officials refuted her claim, and said that Monnin emailed the Miss Universe organization and said allowing transgender participants was the basis for her decision: "I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer."